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	MALARIA PROPHYLAXIS IN IRAQI MILITARY PERSONNEL 

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AFMIC WIRE ARTICLES [   (b)(2)   ]
25 FEB 91

SUBJECT:	MALARIA PROPHYLAXIS IN IRAQI MILITARY PERSONNEL 

AN UNCONFIRMED REPORT FROM [   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ] SUGGESTS 
THAT SOME IRAQI PERSONNEL CURRENTLY MAY BE TAKING CHLOROQUINE 
PROPHYLAXIS. THE REPORT DID NOT INDICATE WHICH UNITS OR PERSONNEL 
WERE TAKING THE MEDICATION OR IF ACTIVE CASES WERE OCCURRING.

COMMENT: IF THE IRAQIS ARE TAKING MEDICATION TO PREVENT ACUTE 
INFECTIONS FROM A THREAT OF INDIGENOUS MALARIA TRANSMISSION IN THE 
KTO, THIS MAY BE A CRITICAL DISEASE THREAT ISSUE POTENTIALLY 
HAVING SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON CURRENT OPERATIONS, PARTICULARLY IF 
MNF PERSONNEL NEED TO BEGIN MALARIA PROPHYLAXIS; HOWEVER, THE 
NATURE OF THE RISK IS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME. ALTHOUGH SOUTHERN IRAQ 
AND KUWAIT CURRENTLY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE MALARIA-FREE, COMPETENT 
MOSQUITO VECTORS ARE PRESENT. THE MOST LIKELY FORM OF MALARIA TO 
BE INTRODUCED IS VIVAX MALARIA. ADDITIONALLY, THE UNITS MAY HAVE 
BEEN TAKING ANOTHER ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATION (E.G. PRIMAQUINE) FOR 
THE TREATMENT OF LATENT TISSUE PHASES, PARTICULARLY FOR VIVAX 
MALARIA.

ANALYST - [   (b)(6)   ][   (b)(2)   ]
 



 

 



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